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Ganim Orders Spending Freeze, Anticipates $27 Million State Funding Loss

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim discusses plans to renovate the Majestic and Poli theaters downtown.
Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim discusses plans to renovate the Majestic and Poli theaters downtown. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — The city has frozen all discretionary spending and hiring in anticipation that the state budget will fall short up to $27 million in municipal funding for Bridgeport.

In a written statement this week, Mayor Joe Ganim today announced that the city and his administration are anticipating that Governor Dannel Malloy’s interim budget proposal will mean deep cuts to all municipalities.

In wake of the uncertainty of financial funding from the state, the city will proceed cautiously with expenditures until the state budget is resolved, Ganim said.

The mayor is reviewing all City of Bridgeport departments, all city spending and possible budget cuts to support expenditure savings. Everything is on the table for review, including budget cuts on municipal projects, putting a hold on personnel increases and the request for furloughs to offset various contractual salary increases.

“Regardless of what measures the city takes, it would be impossible to make up for this level of impact,” Ganim said. “It is my hope that the state is able to pass a budget that will continue to support the needs of Connecticut’s cities and towns.”

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